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Twolves too much for improved East Union
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Sierras Sydney Huynh hustles toward the net to keep it alive against East Unions Marilyn Civil in the No. 6 singles match. - photo by Photo by WAYNE THALLANDER

Sierra completed a season sweep of visiting East Union at Manteca Regional Tennis Center on Thursday, but the Lancers put up more of a fight in the rematch.

Fuko Inoue again held off Sierra freshman Kaitlyn Rausa 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the No. 1 singles match, and Cynthia Civil picked up another point for East Union, now 1-7 in the Valley Oak League, with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 5 singles.

East Union’s top doubles team of Nicole Meza and Leighlani Sablan edged out Louisa Hunter and Alyssa Patterson, 4-6, 6-4, 10-5. The Lancers nearly took the No. 2 doubles match, but Sierra’s Krista Harris and Alejandra Pacheco prevailed against Angelica Ortiz and Haley Gosney, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

The rest of the matches were dominated by second-place Sierra, which improved to 7-1.

Senior Claire Banks remains unbeaten from the No. 2 singles spot after a commanding 6-1, 6-0 win. Nadia Petrovic (6-0, 6-2), Katarina Malabanan (6-1, 6-1), Sydney Huynh (6-2, 6-1) and No. 3 doubles Natlie Rootsaert and Sophia Guizon (6-1, 6-0) also coasted in straight sets. 

The Timberwolves have a big week ahead with road matches against defending champion Central Catholic and current VOL leader Manteca on the schedule. Manteca defeated Sierra 6-3 in their first meeting.


Manteca 8,

Central Catholic 1

MODESTO — The Buffaloes (8-0, 10-1) continued their stampede through the VOL with another lopsided victory.

Taylor Corona vanquished Central Catholic’s Alyssa McPhee 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles match. Koryn Menasco (6-0, 6-0), Julia Tang (6-0, 6-3), Gladis Sandoval (6-4, 6-2) and Makenna Condit (6-0, 6-1) contributed routine wins.

In doubles, Ravneet Dhillon/Navina Mann (6-1, 6-1), Julianne Eavenson/Noeli Mercado (6-4, 6-4) and Prerna Singh/Monica Lazono (6-2, 6-1) all swept. Central Catholic’s lone point came at No. 4 singles, with Sarah Van Nes outlasting Stephanie Mercado, 6-3, 3-6, 10-4.


Kimball 7,

Lathrop 2

TRACY — Lathrop played tougher than the score shows, losing two three-set contests.

Earning points for the Spartans were No. 5 singles Tala Alkhatib (6-2, 6-4) and No. 1 doubles Bernice Vilches/Maya Ortiz (6-1, 3-6, 6-2). Eden Baca dropped a well-contested No. 3 singles match 5-7, 7-6 (9), 7-10 to Maddy Dabandan. Lathrop’s No. 2 doubles Leslie Barraza and Marissa Briseno lost their match, 4-6, 6-4, 2-6.

No. 1 singles player Kimberly Victoria was defeated by Kimball’s Maxine Jaque, 4-6, 2-6.